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#659273 - 12/27/05 07:40 AM Yamaha CLP220
xire Offline
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Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 79
Hello,


I'm new to the forums, so nice to meet you all. I hope I can learn a lot from all of you.


I'm playing the piano for about 4 months now and I like it a lot. But atm I'm looking for a better Digital Piano. When I just started I bought a cheap digital, just to see if I like to play piano. Well, I do like pianoplaying a lot, so I think it's time for something new, cause the digital I have isn't really good.

I searched a bit on the web and I think the Yamaha CLP 220 is just what I need. The price is about the maximum I can spend and I read good things about the CLP 220. Still, I want to know your opinion and/or experience with the Yamaha CLP 220. Since the store, where they sell the CLP 220, is far away from where I live (I have to travel about 3,5 hours to get there), I'd like to hear some more information about the CLP 220, before I go to the store and test the CLP 220 myself...


Thanks in advance.

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#659274 - 12/27/05 10:29 AM Re: Yamaha CLP220
Paul Y Offline
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Registered: 01/28/05
Posts: 1083
Loc: Nashua, NH
xire,

The Clavinova line is really strong! But the 220 is their entry-level instrument and most find it a little "weak", both in power and polyphony (32).

Most of my customers stretch up to the CLP 230 instead. It sounds, looks and plays better (GH3 keyboard) and it has 64 note of polyphony.

But if the budget is set, you can't go wrong with Yamaha's Clavinova line, even if it's the CLP220!

Paul
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#659275 - 12/27/05 10:37 AM Re: Yamaha CLP220
xire Offline
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Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 79
Thanks for your reply Paul Y.


I read on a site that the CLP220 has 64 polyphony too... Or am I wrong with that?

Quote from site:

Stereo sampling AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) tone generation and 88 key GH (Graded Hammer) keyboard 10 realistic instrument Voices
Reverb
Chorus
DDE (Dynamic Damper Effect)
1-track song recorder
64-note polyphony
2 headphone sockets
The CLP220 is supplied with matching stool[/b]


I searched on the internet for the CLP 230, but it's a lot more expensive I see, so I don't think I can afford that. \:\)

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#659276 - 12/27/05 10:55 AM Re: Yamaha CLP220
Paul Y Offline
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Registered: 01/28/05
Posts: 1083
Loc: Nashua, NH
xire,

You know, you're right about the 64-note polyphony! That was the CLP115, which was replaced by the 220! Sorry!

It does have the GH keyboard. But the 230 has the GH3 (the latest and best) keyboard. But overall, perhaps it would be fine for your needs.

Good luck.
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#659277 - 12/27/05 11:05 AM Re: Yamaha CLP220
xire Offline
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Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 79
Thanks for the information Paul.


I'd like to get some information about the sound, if someone can discripe it. \:\)

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#659278 - 12/27/05 11:31 AM Re: Yamaha CLP220
Paul Y Offline
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Registered: 01/28/05
Posts: 1083
Loc: Nashua, NH
Actually, the sound is terrific, as all Yamaha instruments seem to be! The 220 is a great sample! However, when you play it side-by-side with the 230, there is a definite difference! So, when you finally get to play it, just play the 220 and if it meets your needs and budget, you should purchase it.

Good luck.
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#659279 - 12/27/05 01:48 PM Re: Yamaha CLP220
John WI Offline
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Registered: 07/30/05
Posts: 88
Loc: Madison, Wisconsin USA
By all means check out the Clavinova 220; it's a good model. But, don't stop there; this is a significant purchase you are making. While Yamaha digitals are quite good, so are models made by Roland and Kawai.

I checked out all three brands extensively a couple months ago, and ended up buying a Kawai CN 4 (which I am very happy with, see my recent posts at: http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/6/1559.html#000013).

For the price of a Clavinova 220, I would especially encourage you to check out the Kawai CN 3 (see: http://www.kawaius.com/cn_3.html). I think you will find that you will get a bit more for your money with Kawai; I did. At least when doing your search cast a wide net so that when you purchase something you know that you considered all reasonable options.
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#659280 - 12/27/05 04:35 PM Re: Yamaha CLP220
xire Offline
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Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 79
Thanks for your replies.


John, you're right. I should check more different digital pianos from all kinda brands. But the nearest store from where I live almost only sells Yamaha, cause that's what most people want nowadays it seems (atleast that's what the guy from the store told me). But on the other hand; there are a lot of stores, who have an internet site, and where you can order a digital piano online, so I might surf a bit more on the web and find more information about all kinda digital piano's.

The Kawai CN 3 looks very nice, so I might get some more information about the CN 3.

I'm not in a hurry with buying a new digital, but I just can't afford more than about 1100 (wich is about $ 1350 I think).

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#659281 - 12/29/05 10:53 AM Re: Yamaha CLP220
Schizo Offline
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Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 26
Loc: Netherlands
Hi, I have played the CLP220 and CLP230 side by side, but I prefered the CLP220, in sound as well as in touch. Overall, Yamaha is just not my brand, so I bought a Roland, but that my taste. I have also tried the Kawai CN2, but it lacks in power (just 16W, speakers). I compared it with the CLP115 (horrible in touch), it played better (for me), but the sound is a bit weak. Besides that, the internal songs are very bad in the CN2. Roland will give you the HP101 within your budget (1080 euros), but then I would go for CLP220.

Good luck.

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#659282 - 12/29/05 11:49 AM Re: Yamaha CLP220
xire Offline
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Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 79
Thanks Schizo, I think I'm sure about buying the CLP220 now.

First, I was interested in the Roland HP101 too, but I didn't read good things about it on the internet. Next week I'm gonna visit the city and I hope it's worth the trip, cause I'm really interested in buying the CLP220. \:\)


More comments/information are always welcome though!

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#659283 - 01/07/06 08:17 PM Re: Yamaha CLP220
xire Offline
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Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 79
Well, I bought a Yamaha CLP 220 today. I'm very happy with it, especially the sound of it. Though, the sustain pedal works a little bit different in some way. I don't really know how to explain, but it's quite sensitive if I compare it with my last digital I had.

Well, this is a new instrument. I have to learn something new and I'm up for the challenge. I hope I can master this instrument soon. \:\)

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#659284 - 01/08/06 11:10 AM Re: Yamaha CLP220
Schizo Offline
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Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 26
Loc: Netherlands
Hi Xire,

Glad you're happy with your new instrument, otherwise I would almost feel myself guilty \:\) My Roland is the first digital I own and I also had to "learn" to play with the sustain (on/off switch). I still prefer the real sustain of an acoustic, but I'll get used to it! For me it was buying a digital, or go on like I did the last 5 years .. so no piano playing at all! Well, this is absolutely the best option \:\)

Enjoy your instrument!

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#659285 - 12/29/06 12:05 AM Re: Yamaha CLP220
rob1261 Offline
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Registered: 11/04/06
Posts: 89
Loc: philadelphia, pa, usa
After a lot of research and shopping for a good entry level Digital Piano that sounded and felt good, I ended up with the Kawai CN2.

The more I play it the more impressed I am with it. It can be bought for about $1000 US.

The salesperson and I both agreed the Grand Piano sound was better on the CN2 then the CN3.

I would recommend the CN2 over the CLP-220 and it is cheaper.

The CLP-230 is a different story but more expensive.

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#659286 - 04/17/07 06:38 PM Re: Yamaha CLP220
madglad 29 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/09/07
Posts: 1
Loc: Florida
I played the piano years ago and am looking for a digital one. I've looked at the Kawai CN2 and CN3 and the Yamaha YDP323. Need some help in this.

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#659287 - 04/18/07 10:40 AM Re: Yamaha CLP220
alex41 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/23/07
Posts: 10
Loc: Kingston, ON
 Quote:
Originally posted by Schizo:
Hi, I have played the CLP220 and CLP230 side by side, but I prefered the CLP220, in sound as well as in touch.[/b]
I find this bizzare. After testing out the CLP220 and CLP230 side by side, I found the CLP230 to be in a different league than the CLP220. I was very impressed.

For what it's worth to the OP, I was looking at the CLP220, but found the KORG C320 for the same price...at the moment I've been leaning towards the Korg more. (Although I've been looking around for months now and I've changed my mind so many times!)

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